The narrow Cielo Drive winds steeply through the hills above the luxury area of Beverly Hills. The area of villas with palm trees and canyons and offers a magnificent view over Los Angeles.
10050 Cielo Drive is also one of the most notorious addresses in the film metropolis: In the night 9. In August 1969, were murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate, three friends of the wife of Director Roman Polanski, as well as a Student by members of the so-called “Manson Family” brutally.
One of the worst murder series in the U.S.
“Here, you put your 1959 Ford, running down the steep road and cut the phone lines,” says the Tour operator Scott Michaels at the wheel of his minibus on the “Helter Skelter”Tour. Almost four hours, the ride will take you to the crime scenes one of the worst murder series in the USA, on the trail of the sect leader Charles Manson and his young followers, the widely used 50 years ago anxiety. In two night attacks, seven people were killed at that time.
For 13 years, Michael directs the “Helter Skelter”Tour. His arms are littered with tattoos, bright colors, and the number 1969 is to be seen. With the round anniversary, the interest had increased, says the 56-Year-old with a love for the dark side of Los Angeles. “This case has everything: monsters and movie stars, it was pure Terror. The people were afraid to go to bed at night.”
“Wished that they’d escape the murderer,”
“The idea that Manson manipulating young people in such a way and to Kill, incite was able to, is so tragic and sad,” says Deborah Stauder. You have once want to the places of horror with your own eyes, tells the 51-year-old American.
Despite a big fear of flying you had gone for the “Helter Skelter”Tour, specifically from the East coast to California, says the mother of two. “I’ve always wanted, the Sharon Tate and her friends would escape the killers.”
The Tour is for adults only, no gruesome Details are spared. The killers speak for themselves. Michaels plays audio recordings of Interviews and process recordings. Tate had begged her desperately, that your Baby must stay alive, you can hear the convicted Susan Atkins, in a low voice say.
“Death to Pigs”
Other tell the story of how you stabbed with knives by the dozen on their victims once, and with their blood, words like “Pig” and “Death to Pigs” (death to the pigs) on walls and doors wrote.
The Model of Tate was at the beginning of your career. The 26-Year-old with the long blonde hair had appeared in films such as “The black 13” and “The bare facts”, as Roman Polanski took you for the horror Comedy “dance of the vampires” in front of the camera.
In January 1968, and married the film’s Director in London the young Star. A year later, they rented the Ranch house on Cielo Drive. Previously, the music producer Terry Melcher lived there, in the case of the Charles Manson in vain had tried, as a singer and composer to include a plate.
With banjo nice in the apartment
Polanski was invaded to filming in London, as in the Crime, three women and a man with bayonets, pistols and knives in the Villa went in. In the eighth month pregnant Tate had this evening a visit from her Ex-boyfriend, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring.
mangled Cruelly, and with a cord around the neck of the actress was found the next Morning next to Sebrings body. Also, the coffee company heiress Abigail Folger and her Polish friend were brutally killed. The next night, the Manson Gang slaughtered the businessmen of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.
Three months of fear
for Three months, the city of angels was afraid to Manson and four young members of his Hippie cult were arrested. During the nine-month process, Manson claimed to have never killed. In fact, he was not in the blood did, however, Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi presented him as a Monster, and mastermind, which the young followers as “mindless robots” to be followed, from the drug-and its ideology-dependent.
Manson’s occult messages passed from the Bible and Beatles quotes. With the murders, he wanted to incite a race war between Black and White, to the end of himself as the leader of a spirit.
Never shown remorse
His ideology he called “Helter Skelter” (on German about: head over heels) after the eponymous Song by the Beatles. He was as Satan, or Jesus, worship, and sent a young girl of his sect to the Purchase and, finally, to murder.
in 1971, was sentenced Manson because of incitement of the bloody deeds to death which was later commuted to life imprisonment. Publicly, he never showed remorse.
After nearly five decades behind bars, he died in 2017, with 83 years. Tex Watson (73), Patricia Krenwinkel (71) and Leslie van Houten (69) have regretted their actions repeatedly. You’re a life-long punishment. Susan Atkins turned 13 pleas for mercy, before she died in 2009 at 61 years in prison of cancer.
The Tate and Polanski’s rented home on Cielo Drive was demolished in 1994, and by a larger Villa replaced, the number of the house in 10066 amended.
“Manson had so much Power over people,” says a young woman on the Tour. “Would Sharon Tate still alive today, she would not have to become perhaps not so famous. That’s kind of sad,” muses the American. (SDA/vof)